Three Hawaii fighters come up short on Tuesday Night Contender Series

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Three Hawaii mixed martial artists took part in UFC’s Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in Las Vegas Tuesday night.

Unfortunately, all three were defeated in their respective bouts.

Ewa Beach native Toby Misech faced Ricky Palacios in the featherweight division while Maui’s Rilley Dutro took on Jordan Espinosa in the flyweight division. Both fell by way of decision.

Hilo’s Joey Gomez faced Kevin Aguilar at lightweight in the main event. He was stopped in the third round.

DWTNC is a seasonal show that airs weekly in the summer providing up-and-coming MMA contenders a shot at earning a contract in the UFC.

Each show features five bouts with White offering a UFC contract to at least one of the winners at the end of each event.

Last year, Waianae’s Boston Salmon earned his ticket to the UFC with a win over Ricky Turcios.

Haleiwa’s Dan Ige also won his DWTNC matchup against Luis Gomez, but was not rewarded a contract at the end of the night. However, later in the year, he obviously impressed enough to get the call to join the UFC. He is now 1-1 in the organization.

On July 17, Waianae’s Maki Pitolo (9-4), who is a training partner of Max Holloway and Yancy Medeiros, will face Chibwikem Onyenegecha (6-0) in the middleweight division.

One week later on July 24, Kailua’s Canaan Kawaihae will face fellow 4-0 fighter Chase Hooper in the featherweight division.

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